Refreshing your timeline
A few weeks ago I saw stories of someone leaving Twitter. I realised I’d actually stopped finding said person’s Tweets interesting a long time ago. They’d all become a bit tired. While it’s sad when people leave a platform, it’s maybe not massively different to when a once-loved TV show used to come to an end after a long-run. New shows were part of the process of television remaining fresh and interesting.
So I thought I should maybe refresh my own timeline of who I follow.
I tend to follow things that I’m interested in real life (not work). Like most people I try to avoid people who tweet their company’s blog posts (especially if those blog posts come from where I work).
Because sharing is caring, here’s some of my favourite people follows (sometimes with reasons). It’s not exhaustive. Kanye and Popjustice’s tweets are my favourite — but you’ve probably heard of both of them so they’re not here.
https://twitter.com/ch000ch — crazy, baffling, necessary
https://twitter.com/hrtbps — politics, humour — this could have sat anywhere in this badly created list. But he’s brilliant
https://twitter.com/rey_z spiky humour and opinion, writes for Wired UK
https://twitter.com/sophie_gadd — makes me laugh, daily
https://twitter.com/JessicaValenti — Guardian US writer
https://twitter.com/nancyjosales —has written several essential articles about dating for Vanity Fair
https://twitter.com/rtraister -not only is her Twitter everything I wish mine was — witty, informed and perceptive but her new book All The Single Ladies is one of the best reads (erm… actually listens in my case) of the year.
https://twitter.com/girllostincity — one of my favourite people. Her book Ctrl Alt Delete also comes out in a few months
https://twitter.com/jk_rowling — the ruler of Twitter, obvs
Changing the world
https://twitter.com/MhairiBlack — Britain’s youngest MP
https://twitter.com/MonicaLewinsky — campaigning to create a new generation of more empathetic web users
https://twitter.com/MichaelPDeacon — probably the best person tweeting in the UK today, Telegraph sketch writer
https://twitter.com/AlbertoNardelli — politics and data at the Guardian
https://twitter.com/claraamfo — R1 DJ, life affirmingly brilliant
https://twitter.com/gregjames — great DJ, fantastic at internet
https://twitter.com/Gadgette — female tech site, includes humour and attitude
https://twitter.com/KimZetter — digital espionage and hacking expert
https://twitter.com/holly — prolific tech (and life) lover
https://twitter.com/chrispricey — new Head of Music R1, he seems to be doing some great things. Just waiting for the purge of rock music from the playlist
https://twitter.com/RadioAndy — Head of Kiss radio
https://twitter.com/jmseabrook (NYT writer, writer of Song Machine — best music book of 2015)
https://twitter.com/MintRoyale — funny opinions, now sadly retired from making music
https://twitter.com/Genius — redefining lyric annotation and music writing
https://twitter.com/laurennostro — opinion and music
https://twitter.com/robbiereviews — movies at Telegraph, essential
https://twitter.com/AoDespair — creator of The Wire, brilliant tweeter
https://twitter.com/SarahTreem — show runner for The Affair — great tweeter — especially when the show is on
https://twitter.com/RomeshRanga — TV comedian, funny